Geoffrey M. Cox

Geoffrey M. CoxTrustee

Sofia University is pleased to welcome Geoffrey M. Cox to our Board of Trustees. With a Ph.D. in Philosophy, he has held key roles including Senior Associate Dean at Stanford and President of Alliant International University. His extensive experience in administration, finance, and education, along with his engagement in various board directorships, adds a valuable perspective to our board.



  • Ph.D., The University of Chicago, Philosophy
  • B.A., Knox College, Philosophy


Previous Academic positions:

  • 07/2016 – present: Senior Associate Dean for Administration and Finance, Graduate School of Education Stanford University, Stanford, CA
  • 06/2004 – 12/2015: President and University Professor, Alliant International University, San Francisco, CA
  • 09/2000 – 06/2004: President of Cardean University; Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, UNext Llc / Cardean University, Deerfield, Illinois
  • 11/92 – 09/2000: Vice-Provost for Institutional Planning, Stanford University, Stanford, CA
  • 07/1984 – 06/1988: Assistant to the Vice-President for Business and Finance, The University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
  • 07/1990 – 11/1992: Director, Center for Continuing Studies, The University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
  • 07/1988 – 11/1992: Associate Provost and Director of Financial Planning and Budgets, The University of Chicago, Chicago, IL



  • Lecturer, Graduate School of Education, Stanford University, Stanford, CA
  • Lecturer, Humanities Collegiate Division, The University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
  • 1988-89: Instructor, Department of Philosophy, ST. Xavier College, Chicago, Illinois


Board Directorships:

  • 2019 – present: Monterey College of Law, Board of Trustees
  • 2004 – 2015: Trustee ex officio of Alliant International University and its subsidiaries and affiliates including Presidio Graduate School; The Institute on Violence, Abuse, and Trauma; and St. Luke’s School of Medicine (Mexico City)
  • 1999 – 2006: Board of Directors, Cisco Learning Institute
  • 1993 – 1997: Board of Directors, Lucile Salter Packard Children’s Hospital

More board members:

Kathryn LaurinChair of the Board of Trustees

Allen Huang, Ph.D.Vice Chair to the Board of Trustees.

Dr. Daniel Ping YuTrustee

Menglin Cao, Ph.D.Trustee

Miao YangTrustee

Greg BrandesTrustee

John WiddowsonTrustee

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